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Outf!t Moray

Our support

We have provided two grants to Outf!t Moray, for their EnerG programme of outdoor activities for young people aged 7-18 who have additional support needs or who are having difficulty with their lives. The first grant was for 2011-2012, the second is for 2013-2014.

Background to our partner (see also here)

Outf!t Moray is an outdoor education charity based in Lossiemouth, Moray, offering activities, courses and tailored programmes for young people, adults, families, and groups.

Outdoor activities and adventures have long been known to provide opportunities to support young people to grow and develop. Outf!t Moray is helping to develop several of the core skills needed by young people to be full, active and responsible members of society.

Specifically, outdoor challenge and adventure lends itself to helping young people in key areas such as working together, problem solving, sharing, taking responsibility, being accountable, developing social skills, developing self-confidence and self-esteem, providing motivation, learning new skills, and providing a future outlet for recreational activity. Most importantly, these activities help the young people become more employable and more effective citizens who can contribute to our society.

Photos courtesy of Outf!t Moray

Typical activities include hillwalking, orienteering, expeditions, bushcraft, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, and first aid.

Outcomes and lessons

Update June 2012

Between April 2011 and March 2012, Outf!t worked with 574 young people on its EnerG programme, of whom some 14 were supported by the Blackford Trust. The young people came from some 26 different organisations, including local primary and secondary schools, Enable Scotland, Moray Youth Action, Moray Women's Aid and Moray Housing Partnership.

Feedback from both the young people themselves, and their supporting organisations, has been very positive. For example, a Women's Aid support worker noted, "Outf!t helped their confidence and communication skills, and also allowed them to work with others. These young people have had an opportunity to experience different activities that would not normally be an option for them".

Meanwhile, during and after the Outf!t courses, young people commented, "I will think before I do things and not shout out in class" ; "I would try to help every time even if they didn't help me" and "it's easier than I thought to make friends". Others said, "you don't drown if your head goes under water" ; "things get easier the more you do them" ; "I liked rock climbing because it was challenging and I enjoyed trying something I had never done before" ; and "I learned that working as a team is the best way to accomplish something".

Outf!t Moray and all the young people and leaders who took part are congratulated for their excellent achievements.

Update June 2013

Having been very impressed with the earlier work of Outf!t Moray, we are pleased to make an additional grant to continue our support for the EnerG programme in 2013-2014.

Update June 2014

Between April 2013 and March 2014, Outf!t worked with 710 young people on its EnerG programme, of whom some 11 were supported by the Blackford Trust. The young people came from some 27 different organisations, including local primary and secondary schools, as well as Moray Youth Action, Moray Women's Aid, the Moray Housing Partnership and Enable Scotland.

Feedback from both the young people themselves, and their supporting organisations, has again been very positive. For example, one guidance teacher noted, "the girls who took part in Outf!t Moray's programme gained in confidence, and were able to develop their communication and team working skills which they have transferred back into their school curriculum".

Meanwhile, during and after the Outf!t courses, young people commented, "sometimes you can do stuff you don't believe you can do" ; "I felt best when protecting my group" and "I think I learned more about my friends – see, even me calling them friends is a major change". Others said, "we all worked together as a team and encouraged others to do their best" ; "I didn't think I'd jump off cliffs into rivers and the sea but I enjoyed them" ; “I liked the archery because it was very hard”, and "I am proud to be able to help others through the things I can do".

Outf!t Moray and all the young people and leaders who took part are congratulated for their continuing excellent achievements.

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This page was last updated on 18 July 2016.




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